Multiple Vehicle Arson Fires Reported in Des Plaines/Mount Prospect Area


Des Plaines alerted area police departments of multiple vehicle fires set about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. First two vehicle fires were reported set at 140 West Northwest Highway, and then 440 Simone Drive in Des Plaines near Rand Road and Wolf Road. A fifth fire was reported at 9 North Forest (Des Plaines/Mt. Prospect?). Four to five male teen occupants (later reported as driver and three male teenagers) were reported in the vehicle. The offenders were reported to be using an accelerant on a napkin or piece of paper and placing the paper under the windshield wipers. Some fires were reported under the hood of the vehicles.

The offenders’ vehicle is reported to be a large red newer model SUV with black on the vehicle. The vehicle was last seen northbound on North 3rd Avenue near Golf Road and then on Golf Road — unknown direction of travel. The teens are suspects in a total of five vehicle arson cases in Des Plaines that occurred Sunday night. All five victim vehicles were totally engulfed in flames.

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A. 140 West Northwest Highway Des Plaines, IL (2 arsons)
B. 440 Simone Dr, Des Plaines, IL 60016 (2 arsons)
C. 9 North Forest Des Plaines, IL (Mt. Prospect? 1 arson)
D. Golf and 3rd Avenue Des Plaines, IL (Sighting)

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